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United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act

Floor Speech

Date: Dec. 21, 2020
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. FLEISCHMANN. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman for yielding.

Before I begin, I wish to convey my warm thoughts and sentiments to Mrs. Lowey from New York, who is chairman of this committee. It has been a privilege to work with you for almost a decade in my capacity, and I wish you the best in your future. And I thank you for your service to this great House.

Mr. Speaker, tonight, I rise in support of the bill we have before us, which is the result of months of negotiations on how best to manage our government's resources in fiscal year 2021 and respond to the COVID pandemic that has gripped so many of our communities.

Mr. Speaker, as the ranking member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee, I thank my full committee leader, Ms. Granger, for her great leadership in pulling this omnibus together. I also thank Subcommittee Chairwoman Ms. Roybal-Allard from California, along with Senators Capito and Tester across the hall, for their work and comity in resolving these difficult and challenging issues. It is a pleasure to have served with Chairwoman Roybal-Allard in this role.

Mr. Speaker, I think we have a very balanced agreement. We continue to provide $1.375 billion for border security and funds flexibility for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to respond to detention needs.

Further, we have significant investments in many of our Nation's security components, including the great United States Coast Guard, cybersecurity and infrastructure, and FEMA grants to our States and localities to respond to disasters.

Further, the bill before us eliminates the riders and policy provisions contained in the House-reported bill that would have inhibited the Department of Homeland Security from fulfilling its law enforcement responsibilities at our borders and in the interior of our country.

Mr. Speaker, I urge a ``yes'' vote on this package. It is time for the fiscal year to get underway.

Mr. Speaker, I wish all a happy and healthy new year.